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M&A News In The Plastics and Rubber Industry Sector

By Jim Zipursky | Aug 17, 2018

The report below provides a good overview of the third quarter M&A activity in the Plastics and Rubber Industry Sector. M&A activity for North American based target companies in the Plastics and Rubber sector for Q2 2018 included 35 closed deals, according to data published by industry data tracker FactSet.
One of the notable middle market transactions was announced in June when a private group led by the management of Comar, LLC and Morgan Stanley Capital Partners (Private Equity) acquired Comar from Graham Partners, Inc., for an undisclosed amount. Founded in 1949, Comar is located in Voorhees, New Jersey and manufactures plastic bottles and other plastic products.

Injection molders across the US have differentiated themselves by specializing in specific processes. Highly specialized firms can be more attractive acquisition targets for larger companies looking to improve capabilities.

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M&A News In The Plastics and Rubber Industry Sector

By Jim Zipursky | May 21, 2018

The report below provides a good overview of the second quarter M&A activity in the Plastics and Rubber Industry Sector. M&A activity for North American based target companies in the Plastics and Rubber sector for Q1 2018 included 18 closed deals, according to data published by industry data tracker FactSet.

One of the notable middle market transactions closed in March when Huntsman Corp acquired Demilec (USA), Inc., a portfolio company of Sun Capital Partners Inc, for US$350 million in cash, subject to adjustments. Huntsman Corp. manufactures chemicals for the plastics, automotive and construction industries. Demilec engages in the manufacture of spray polyurethane foam insulation and coatings. The firm offers products such as demilec APX, sealection 500, pour-in-place, agribalance, heatlok soy, barnseal, geolok, and eco-pur pour-in-place. It also provides a range of products to meet the needs of homeowners, building professionals, architects and insulation contractors.

Worldwide tire sales, a major indicator of rubber usage, are forecast to grow 7% annually to reach a value of about $260 billion by 2019, according to the Freedonia Group.
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M&A News In The Plastics and Rubber Industry Sector

By Jim Zipursky | Mar 22, 2018

The report below provides a good overview of the first quarter M&A activity in the Plastics and Rubber Industry Sector. M&A activity for North American based target companies in the Plastics and Rubber sector for Q4 2017 included 21 closed deals, according to data published by industry data tracker FactSet.
One of the notable transactions of the quarter closed in October when Genstar Capital, LLC acquired Tekni Plex, Inc., a portfolio company of American Securities, LLC, for a reported value approximately US$1.5 billion. Tekni-Plex manufactures and sells packaging, packaging products and materials, and tubing products primarily for the food and beverage, healthcare, specialty, lawn and garden and consumer markets. The company was founded in 1967 and is headquartered in Wayne, PA.

Rubber and plastic continue to Be major components for a wide range of commercial and industrial products.

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M&A News In The Plastics and Rubber Industry Sector

By Jim Zipursky | Nov 20, 2017

Sell your Plastic BusinessThe report below provides a good overview of the fourth quarter M&A activity in the Plastics and Rubber Industry Sector. M&A activity for North American based target companies in the Plastics and Rubber sector for Q3 2017 included 18 closed deals, according to data published by industry data tracker FactSet.

Plastics manufacturers that serve the retail sector have seen steady growth with online retailers, according to Plastics News. Nonstore retail, which primarily includes online retailers such as Amazon, saw sales growth of nearly 11% in the first four months of 2017. While online sales are expected to continue to drive demand for foam packing peanuts and bubble wrap, nonstore retail should also spur demand for specialized durable and reusable plastic shipping containers.

Demand for plastics and rubber in the manufacturing sector has been a guy driver for sector growth throughout 2017.

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M&A News In The Plastics and Rubber Industry Sector

By Jim Zipursky | Oct 09, 2017

The report below provides a good overview of the 3rd Quarter M&A activity in the Plastics and Rubber Industry Sector. M&A activity for North American based target companies in the Plastics and Rubber sector for Q2 2017 included 24 closed deals, according to data published by industry data tracker FactSet. The average purchase price was $73million.

The high-performance tire sector has been among the fastest-growing parts of the tire market. According to a recent report from Smithers Rapra, The Future of High-Performance Tires to 2022, the high-performance tire market will grow at 6.3 percent year-on-year through to 2022 reaching a market value of $74.7 billion, up from $54.9 billion in 2017.

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Plastics & Rubber Industry | M&A News

By Jim Zipursky | Mar 23, 2017

plastics & rubberPrivate equity has been in the plastics & rubber products space. In November 2016 AEA Investors LP acquired TricorBraun Holdings Inc, a portfolio company of Goldman Sachs Mezzanine Partners and CHS Capital LLC, for an undisclosed amount in cash. The transaction was funded through US$735 million senior secured credit facility provided by the Antares Capital LP. TricorBraun Holdings operates as a holding company with interests in plastic packaging solutions. It supplies rigid packaging and related components for the personal care, cosmetics, healthcare, food and beverage, industrial and household chemical markets.

Production overcapacity, weak demand, and pressure from imports have contributed to slow growth in the US PET (polyethylene terephthalate) plastic blow molded packaging market, according to industry experts cited by Plastics News in November 2016. Even as the US industry has consolidated over the last few years, overcapacity persists, which has caused PET producers to reduce prices as they compete for market share and to cut costs in an effort to preserve margins. Industry watchers suggest that PET converters’ cost-cutting efforts have come at the expense of product innovation investment, as some producers have reduced engineering staffs. Manufacturers also face competitive pressure from imports, as well as alternative packaging products, including paper and stand-up pouches, that have innovated in marketing and product design. Soft drink and water packaging remain steady markets for PET converters, but dairy and juice markets are flat. Food offers an opportunity for growth, but further hot-fill and barrier (oxygen, moisture, UV light) innovation is needed. Other growth markets include dairy substitutes (almond and soy milk), and sports drinks. One upside for PET converters is that low oil prices are likely to keep resin feedstock prices in check.

Industry Indicators
  • US nondurable goods manufacturers’ shipments of chemical products, an indicator of demand for plastic resin and synthetic fibers, rose 2.0% year-to-date in November 2016 compared to the same period in 2015.
  • The spot price of crude oil, a key raw material in plastic resin and synthetic fiber manufacturing, rose 50.3% in the week ending January 13, 2017, compared to the same week in 2016.

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M&A News From the Plastics Industry

By Jim Zipursky | Dec 16, 2016

plastics industryA new process developed by Exxon Mobil and the Georgia Institute of Technology could eventually reduce the costs of manufacturing in the plastics industry while slashing energy consumption and greenhouse emissions. The process uses a new polymer-based membrane to filter para-xylene, a building block for polyester, from complex hydrocarbon feedstocks instead of the energy-intensive heating process currently used. If it proves to be commercially scalable, the technology could reduce the energy costs of plastics production by $2 billion annually. The process might also decrease carbon dioxide emissions by up to 45 million tons per year. More testing is required to determine of the membranes can withstand the rigors of real-world production conditions. If further research is successful, a pilot program may be put in place to test a plant-scale demonstration of the technology. The initial research was published in Science in August 2016.

Industry Indicators

  • US nondurable goods manufacturers’ shipments of plastics and rubber products, an indicator of plastic and rubber products production, fell 0.1% year-to-date in August 2016 compared to the same period in 2015.
  • The spot price of crude oil, a key raw material in plastic and rubber manufacturing, rose 10.0% in the week ending October 7, 2016, compared to the same week in 2015.
  • US nondurable goods manufacturers’ shipments of chemical products rose 2.3% year-to-date in August 2016 compared to the same period in 2015.

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Plastics & Rubber M&A Industry News

By Jim Zipursky | Sep 22, 2016

plastics & rubberPlastics & rubber production capacity has been on a steady decline since July of 2015. Global supplies of polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) are increasing as producers in the US and China ramp up capacity. More than one-third of new PE capacity added globally between 2015 and 2020 will come from the US, where PE and PP producers are benefiting from ample supplies of low-cost natural gas, according to research group IHS. Using coal as a feedstock, manufacturers in China are also expected to significantly expand their polyethylene and polypropylene production over the next five years. US exports of PE and PP should increase as producers expand capacity beyond domestic needs and achieve cost-competitiveness with suppliers in the Middle East, which have traditionally been the lowest-cost producers.

Increased production capacity for plastic and rubber in the US, China, and the Middle East is expected to create a global surplus of polyethylene and polypropylene, according to analysis released in May 2016 by market research firm IHS. Between 2015 and 2020, IHS expects more than 24 million metric tons of new polyethylene capacity to come online; more than 30% of which is expected to come from the US. The spike in plastics feedstocks derived from shale gas has increased the competitiveness of the US, especially relative to the Middle East, which historically has been the industry’s low-cost producer. Supplies from China also are surging, due to recent additions of coal-to-olefin production capacity. Although a surplus of global polyethylene and polypropylene resins will mean reduced prices for plastics product converters, it will likely result in tighter margins for resin producers.

Industry Indicators

  • US nondurable goods manufacturers’ shipments of chemical products, an indicator of demand for plastic resin and synthetic fibers, rose 3.5% year-to-date in May 2016 compared to the same period in 2015.
  • The spot price of crude oil, a key raw material in plastic resin and synthetic fiber manufacturing, fell 10.8% in the week ending July 8, 2016, compared to the same week in 2015.

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Plastics & Rubber Industry M&A News

By Jim Zipursky | Jun 10, 2016

plastics & rubber industryM&A activity for North American based target companies in the Plastics & Rubber industry for Q1 2016 included 18 closed deals, according to data published by industry data tracker FactSet.  The average transaction value was $49 million.

One of the major deals in the sector this year was Trelleborg A.B. and Freudenberg Group moving forward with a plan where Freudenberg will become sole owner of joint venture TrelleborgVibracoustic GmbH. The acquisition of Trellborg’s half of the JV is based on an enterprise value of a little more than $2 billion. The company will receive about $7.7 billion in addition to a dividend of $1.6 billion it received in December, putting the total value of deal at approximately $9.3 billion.

In late March, private equity group Arsenal Capital made three acquisitions in the polyurethane foam space. Arsenal will combine Pacific Urethanes LLC (Ontario, CA), a majority stake in Elite Foam, Inc. (Newnan, GA) and the foam production assets of Hickory Springs Manufacturing Co. (Conover, NC) to form Elite Comfort Solutions. Purchase prices were not disclosed.

Commodity pricing for rubber products dropped significantly in the first quarter lowering materials prices for manufacturers. Read more »


Plastics & Rubber Industry M&A Trends

By Jim Zipursky | Mar 10, 2016

Plastics & RubberPlastics & rubber production and commodity pricing declined significantly in 2015 and has shown limited signs of improvement in early 2016.

M&A activity for North American based target companies in the Plastics and Rubber sector for Q4 2015 included 26 closed deals, according to data published by industry data tracker FactSet.  The average transaction value was $311 million.

US resin manufacturers pursuit of growth in other countries could intensify if the plastics & rubber industry’s production capacity expands beyond domestic needs. An abundance of cheap natural gas has attracted billions of dollars in domestic and foreign investments in US chemical manufacturing in recent years, and production and export of plastics is expected to rise as a result. Net US plastic resin exports will more than triple by 2030 compared to 2014, increasing from $6.5 billion to $21.5 billion, according to a report from the American Chemistry Council and Nexant Consulting. Among the packagers and distributors pursuing export opportunities, a new company called Sea Pac LLC is spending $32 million to build a shipping hub for plastic resins near The Port of Charlestown in South Carolina. The company, which is expected to be operational in early 2017, will transfer plastic resins delivered by rail to containers for shipment overseas, according to Plastics News.

Industry Indicators

  • US nondurable goods manufacturers’  shipments of chemical products, an indicator of demand for plastic resin and synthetic fibers, fell 2.3% year-to-date in November 2015 compared to the same period in 2014.
  • The spot price of crude oil, a key raw material in plastic resin and synthetic fiber manufacturing, fell 29% in the week ending January 8, 2016, compared to the same week in 2015.
  • According to data from the Interindustry Economic Research Fund, Inc., (IERF) revenue for US plastics and synthetics production, which includes resins and fibers, is forecast to grow at an annual compounded rate of 7% between 2016 and 2019.
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